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Stalos lies on the north-west coast of Crete ten kilometres from Chania. There are two parts to Stalos; the sleepy little village tucked on a hill surrounded by olive groves and vineyards with a backdrop of mountains, and seaside Stalos with sandy beaches and water sports. The former is Pano Stalos and the latter is Kato Stalos. Pano Stalos provides traditional Greek authenticity with only a small shop and one or two tavernas as well as a magnificent view over the sea and the neighbouring countryside. Kato Stalos, on the other hand is a typical Greek seaside resort.
Stalos lies in a particularly beautiful part of Crete and has adapted well to the demands of tourists. The sandy coastline invites both beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts with its wide range of facilities. There are shops, bars and tavernas lining the beach providing daylong refreshments and fairly lively nights. Being so close to the historic town of Chania, excellent shopping and a livelier nightlife is only a short ride away.
A Stalos holiday is popular with a wide range of holidaymakers. Families are attracted by the beach (sand is so important for tots with buckets and spades), water sports enthusiasts have a good choice of activities and couples of all ages come to enjoy the relaxation and the interesting towns and villages in the surrounding area.
The most popular time to take a Stalos holiday is in the summer. The season extends from Easter to October when the temperature range is from twenty to thirty degrees.
Stalos is a very popular holiday resort in Crete with its accommodation providing for all tastes and budgets. Situated in the north-west, close to Chania it is well placed for the enjoyment of both the beach and interesting sights in the area. Here, the holidaymaker can experience the true charm of authentic Crete in the old white-washed village on the hill as well as a plethora of modern holiday amenities in the resort below.
The long sandy beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status. The sand shelves gently into clear blue seas making bathing safe for children and weak swimmers. There are opportunities for a variety of water sports including fishing, snorkelling and diving.
There is an abundance of bars, tavernas and shops along the waterfront providing a shady place to enjoy refreshment.
There are many companies offering excursions from Stalos to the more famous tourist attractions of the Samaria Gorge and the Palace of Knossos. There are also local buses into the historic city of Chania.
A Stalos holiday offers a guarantee of summer sunshine with sandy beaches and warm clear water. It also offers a wealth of leisure and sightseeing pursuits.
Stalos has a large number of bars, tavernas and restaurants that provide evening entertainment. Many of the bars have music and dancing. The larger hotels often provide their own entertainment. For a further choice of nightlife try the nearby villages of Agia Marina and Platanias or even take the short ride to Chania.
Stalos has a number of shops where you can buy all your holiday essentials. There are supermarkets providing for your daily needs as well as gift and souvenir shops. Those wanting a wider variety of shops can take a trip to nearby Chania where they will find many high quality specialist shops and a good covered market.
Stalos has a variety of restaurants and tavernas catering for most tastes. In the sea front resort you will find many tavernas and restaurants serving traditional food as well as fast food outlets. Fish features widely on menus. If you feel peckish between lunch and dinner try a plate of meze, a Greek equivalent of the Spanish tapas, with such things as deep fried fish, stuffed vine leaves, pickles, olives and halloumi.
Eating out in Greece is a pleasure that should be enjoyed in a leisurely fashion. Don’t mistake the lack of haste for tardy service as you are simply being given the time to fully enjoy each course. Children are warmly welcomed in restaurants and their tastes and portion size are usually accommodated.